Great Expectations Kindle Edition
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In some sense, Great Expectations reads like a soap opera. Each day, I recounted for my husband what had befallen Pip in my readings, and we would be as scandalized or delighted as if we were watching a daytime drama. "No she didn't!" "Oh, he's making a mistake!" Just as with a soap opera, there are far too many coincidences and overlaps to make the story fully believable, but that takes nothing from the pleasure of reading, especially when Dickens manages to infuse so much wry humor into the recounting.
The story, of course, isn't really funny. Dickens shows us Pip, as a little boy, terrorized by an escaped convict. That Pip is also an orphan and beaten by the sister who is "bringing him up by hand," is made only slightly less horrifying by the distance implied by the past-tense narrative. Pip isn't allowed to follow his Uncle's kind and humble example, but is manipulated by a little girl who is raised to be a man-eating monster. In a desperate effort to shed his "coarse" ways, Pip accepts a bequeath of wealth that is frightening in its anonymity. Pip lets the money turn him into a jerk, and he spends years dancing as a marionette to a jilted woman and her pet man-eater.Read more ›
It is no coincidence that this book has become a classic in every sense of the word. Charles Dickens' notable work illustrates two themes that are still held to strongly today. One theme found in the book is that the actions that one subjects to in their early life can have an impact in their future life, so it is important to make good choices at a young age. The other is the importance of keeping your expectations low to remain humble. Pip's realization of this is illustrated as his thought process evolves throughout the different phases of his life. This theme is highlighted by the effects of actions that many characters made in their early lives and how those effects impact and connect to many other characters later in the book.
As a high school student, I believe that "Great Expectations" can have a strong influence on my peers because it provides a detailed example of the ways that one's actions today can have an impact on their future. This is an especially important read for young people in my age group to understand because now, more than ever, our actions are important towards determining our future and the relationships we have with others. As a reader, I feel like Dickens does an excellent job in illustrating this theme through examples found throughout the text. Not only does the illustration of a timeless theme satisfy my reading expectations, but so does Charles Dickens use of ornate, detailed writing style. In some parts of the book, Dickens grandiose writing style has the ability to create separate allegorical stories that connect to the plot within the actual story.
Through "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens has accomplished what so many authors strive to achieve. He has provided a real world example to an important theme in the book.Read more ›
2. Pip the protagonist. It is hard not to like the central character Pip. We see him grow up, we follow him wherever he goes, we get to hear his thoughts and empathise with his dreams and lovesick ways. We see some of ourselves in him. He makes mistakes and is annoying at times but aren’t we all?
3. The story. Unbelievable if you think about it but Dickens can make you believe the unbelievable if just for a while. As it was written in serial form there are continual tantalising developments at the end of chapters to whet your appetite for more (for example chapter XXXIV ends with the paragraph telling of the death of Mrs Joe Gargery). Each of the three parts of the novel deals with a different expectation, and we watch how Pip changes in the face of his changing expectations. The full story is not revealed until the final chapters but it is gripping all the way.
4. Characters. What an incredibly interesting group of characters with fascinating and appropriate names. Miss Havisham (HAVE A HAM), the rich eccentric who still wears her wedding dress after being jilted 25 years before. Mr Jaggers (JAG..) , the razor sharp lawyer, villains Orlick , Drummle ( a DRUM heavy abusive) and Compeyson (COME PAY ME) sound bad and the beautiful but unreachable Estella ( star). Dickens characters stick around in your mind long after you read his story.
5. Moral issues. In a time of great wealth in England there is great poverty and injustice. No one can describe these issues as well as Dickens.
6. Humour.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not capture my interest. Could not finish. Sorry Pip, I know it's a classic but not for me.Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good book. It took a little while for me to get into it, but I definitely see why it is a classic.Published 14 hours ago by Polly
Great story but I was having the book read tome and it was not easy to follow at times. I got their because I saw the movie withstand Hawke a long time ago and the movie is... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Jesse M. Andrade
For a classic that was an assignment, this book leaves much to discuss.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read aloud to my husband daily and have done so for years. We gravitate towards the classics and continue to be amazed at the staying power of words written so long ago. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Debra Morgan
Miss Havisham is one of the most interesting characters in fiction.Published 8 days ago by H. Hintz
Simply, CD's best. Lots of Dickens's characters are immortal but few capture us like the fool Pip, the icy Estella, the pathetic but redeemed Miss H. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard Clancy
The language of "olde England" was sometimes difficult to read and understand but I got through it.Published 9 days ago by Theodore M. Cole
It is no wonder this book is considered a classic. It is charming and wonderful in so many ways. It is a book that I did not want to put down and I would highly recommend this tale... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
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